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  • They want the Jews finished off (they just want somebody else to do the messy work) and they project that onto the Israelis-the decentest people on the planet.

    On Thursday, the Legg report will be published along with...

  • If I only knew that ... he was one of the decentest souls God ever sent, Charity.

    Madam Will You Talk

  • We shall have them back in a few months with reputations so little worse crackt than those of the decentest among us as will not be worth the trouble of censuring, and give neither themselves nor others the smallest uneasiness.

    The Ladies A Shining Constellation of Wit and Beauty

  • _He Looked in My Window_ (CHATTO AND WINDUS), by ROBERT HALIFAX, gives the adventures of _Ruth Shadd_, decentest of dwellers in a meanish street, during her determined hunt for a husband.

    Punch, or the London Charivari, Volume 152, May 23, 1917

  • I have found burglars some of the decentest criminals I have ever met.

    The Gem Collector

  • You're one of the kindest decentest chaps in the world, and yet you go leathering poor Tom

    A Dominie in Doubt

  • Sometimes he spoke out in sudden, half-amused praise of some debutante, she was a "funny little devil," or "she was the decentest kid in this year's crop," and perhaps he would follow up this remark with a call or two upon the admired young girl, and Ella would begin to tease him about her.

    Saturday's Child

  • And they gave three groans for Baldyhead Dolan and three cheers for Conmee and they said he was the decentest rector that was ever in Clongowes.

    A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

  • Mark Twain, long after, alluding to this period in his life, pays this characteristic acknowledgment: “Bret Harte trimmed and trained and schooled me patiently until he changed me from an awkward utterer of coarse grotesqueness to a writer of paragraphs and chapters that have found favor in the eyes of even some of the decentest people in the land.”

    A Backward Glance at Eighty

  • It was the peacefullest, decentest raid I ever heard of, and it would be difficult to think of anything with a termination more tame and commonplace.

    The Petticoat Commando Boer Women in Secret Service

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